There’s been a tension between contemporary and historical buildings since the beginning of modernity, with conservationists believing it important to stay true to original techniques and materials when working with historical sites, while others mean to make a statement on contemporary possibilities.
Although a building might very well be considered a piece of art, it is fundamentally different. While, like the artwork, architecture has aesthetic and cultural value (it makes us reflect concepts and see things differently), it can never escape its functionality. Architecture has to change over time, be it to improve a building’s economic viability, to incorporate new systems, technology and sustainability.
Many historic buildings have been added to for this reason, and it was no different in the case of the Peratallada Castle; a medieval fortress made out of separate buildings dating back to as early as the 10th century. Though a national heritage site on which remnants from the second century BC where found, the castle is now privately owned, and in its abandoned condition, it urgently asked for a new functional destination that could make its preservation sustainable.